In celebration of ten years of patronage of the collector and art activist Han Nefkens, this summer works from his H+F Collection are on display at various points throughout the museum.
The area around the Robbrecht stairwell has been hung with a selection of photographs by the Dutch photographer Desiree Dolron and the photographic installation ‘Children’ by Jeff Wall. In gallery 51 there is a selection of five photographs by up-and-coming international talent Shirana Shahbazi (Teheran, 1974). In her work, Shahbazi explores the relationship between painting and photography, employing the themes and visual language of Western art history. Concurrently in gallery 52 there are videos by Zwelethu Mthethwa (Durban, 1963), David Claerbout, (Kortrijk, 1969) and Salla Tykka (Helsinki, 1973). Just as in Shahbazi’s photographs, the specific qualities of the medium play an important role in these video works. Many of the works question the viewer’s expectations. From 16 July various sculptures by Ryan Gander will be displayed in the four cabinets adjacent to the old library.
In the Willem van der Vorm gallery, the exhibition space in the museum’s entrance area, there is a survey of the many projects that Han Nefkens has initiated and supported over the past decade. In addition to founding the H+F Collection and H+F Patronage, Han Nefkens is also active in the field of cutting-edge fashion and has established a special foundation, ArtAids, which raises funds to fight HIV and AIDS. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication that covers Han Nefkens’s activities as a writer, collector, patron and art activist.